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Bangladesh Hub for Arms Smuggling Syndicates in South Asia

A spate of massive hauls this year suggests Bangladesh has become a major transit point for smuggling arms and ammunition to insurgent groups in South Asia, thanks to worsening law and order coupled with its strategic geographical location, with the US also issuing a security alert to Americans here last week. One of the first hauls this year was made in June, when the Bangladesh authorities recovered a huge cache of arms, ammunition and high frequency communication devises from the far southeastern Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region that has a 172-kilometre border with India and Myanmar(Burma). Arms were also recovered from Bangladesh’s northwestern and southeastern districts near the Indian border as well as from the capital, Dhaka. The recovered arms include anti-aircraft machineguns, rocket launchers, grenade launchers, Chinese and US-made AK-47 and M-16 rifles, grenades and a huge quantity of ammunition. Full Story

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